I JUST GOT THIS IN AN EMAIL FROM LLOYD’S TODAY…
[LEFT][FONT=Arial][SIZE=1][SIZE=2]Please note that an IMO Ship Number is assigned for a specific hull number and once issued, will not be subject to any alteration. If the type of ship [/SIZE][/SIZE][/FONT]being built under that hull number is changed or the dimensions changed significantly, then this office should be notified for clarification regarding usage of existing IMO number.
If the vessel name given for a hull number is changed during construction then, to avoid any confusion, this office should be notified immediately.
[LEFT]If the shipbuilding contract for which an IMO number has been issued for a specific hull number is cancelled by an owner, then that IMO number may[/LEFT]
become invalid. Please notify this office for clarification and approval regarding the usage of this existing IMO number. The former IMO number is not transferable to another hull at the shipyard.[LEFT] [/LEFT]
[SIZE=1][FONT=Arial][FONT=Arial][SIZE=2]Hope this clarifies the position,[/FONT][/SIZE][/SIZE][/FONT][SIZE=1]